April 24, 2013

People & Entertainment: Stars take challenge, eat on $1.50 a day

From news service reports

LOS ANGELES - The idea of Ben Affleck living on $1.50 a day sounds ridiculous, right? Maybe just as ridiculous as Hugh Jackman doing the same thing.

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Ben Affleck is supporting Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Line campaign.

The Associated Press

The "Argo" director-producer-star is the latest celebrity showing his support for the Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line campaign, a position Jackman initiated for the organization in 2011.

The Oscar winner took on the organization's challenge to spend five days feeding himself on only $1.50 a day, which is the the U.S. equivalent of the extreme poverty line. He showed his support for the initiative on Twitter.

"1.4 billion people live on less than $1.50/day. I'm joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you?" Affleck tweeted.

The challenge is meant to "give a glimpse into the lives of 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day -- and who have to make $1.50 cover a lot more than food," according to the organization's website.

Jonah Hill, Sophia Bush, Katie Couric and Scooter Braun also tweeted their support for the cause.

"The Avengers" actor Tom Hiddleston posted a video of himself on his fifth day on the challenge that he shot in his kitchen. His lunch was a simple baked potato. He also tweeted his meals, which included boiled rice with veggies or an omelet and kidney beans.

Madonna bro hurt in arrest

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Authorities say the brother of pop star Madonna needed nine stiches to his forehead after he resisted arrest in a public bathroom.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported that police were called Sunday night when 56-year-old Anthony Ciccone refused to leave the bathroom at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.

Police said an officer tried to arrest Ciccone on an outstanding warrant for trespass. He confronted the officer, who brought him to the ground. Ciccone's face hit the floor. Police said his blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit for driving.


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